Well, here we go again. Another report out of the Korean Times suggests that Apple is currently testing a high-resolution 9.7-inch display that will bring a Retina Display of sorts to the next iPad.
The report said:
“Apple’s upcoming iPad 3 will feature an improved display to support quad extended graphics (QXGA), a display resolution of 2048×1536 pixels with a 4:3 aspect ratio to provide full high definition (HD) viewing experience,” said a source close to the talks.
I think it’s pretty clear that the next iPad will have a higher-resolution display but the real question is when can we expect the next iPad to hit. If we go by Apple’s patterns over the last few years, the next-generation tablet should land around April of 2012.
The thing is, Apple has deviated from its pattern this year in a big way because it looks like summer will pass without a new iPhone. Yes, we can expect the next iPhone to land within a few months but the change in release schedule could mean big things for the next iPad.
Earlier rumors suggest that this high-resolution screen could land in an “iPad HD” this Fall and it could include some nominal internal improvements to go with that screen update. This would let Apple get in on the lucrative holiday selling season with a brand new product and the company could still release an official iPad 3 early next Spring.
It’s clear that Apple has some tricks up its sleeves, so let’s see how the competition reacts.